LAS VEGAS (April 2013) – The Papillon Group and Pink Jeep® Tours—are teaming up to offer outdoor experiences enabling tourists to explore the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam and Sedona, Ariz., by air and land. Visitors are now able to book scenic expeditions including air tours aboard The Papillon Group’s helicopters and airplanes, as well as tours by land via Pink Jeep Tours’ fleet of Jeep Wranglers and Tour Trekkers, the revolutionary, high-end, all-terrain vehicles designed and custom-built to offer the ultimate land tour experience.
“This partnership represents our companies’ commitment to offering travelers seamless connections from one experience to the next,” says Robert Graff, vice president of marketing, The Papillon Group. “Imagine, one moment you’re soaring through the air in a Papillon helicopter, getting a bird’s eye view of the Grand Canyon. Next, you’re boarding a Pink Jeep Tours vehicle and exploring the canyon from a completely different perspective.”
The new blended tours will have points of departure from Las Vegas; Boulder City, Nev., Sedona, Phoenix and Scottsdale, Ariz. Showcased attractions will include Sedona’s stunning rock formations; the Grand Canyon National Park South Rim (which is where guests can now experience Scenic Airlines touring Vistaliner, as well as the signature open-air pink Jeep Wrangler) or Grand Canyon West Rim, home of the world-famous Skywalk. Guests will also see the Hoover Dam and the new nearby Bypass Bridge—the largest single-arch concrete bridge in the Western Hemisphere.
“We are beyond excited to partner with The Papillon Group to make it possible,” says Grant Ferguson, chief marketing officer, Pink Jeep Tours. “Demand for this type of experience is at an all-time-high, particularly from our international visitors, and now we will be able to fulfill their requests by creating this multi-pronged approach to exploring the Southwest.”
With most air tour narrations available in 16 languages including Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, Italian, French, Dutch, Cantonese, Mandarin, German, Korean and English, The Papillon Group’s tours are ideal for international travelers. A highlight in The Papillon Group’s fleet remains the state-of-the-art EcoStar EC130 helicopters. These aircraft have been designed from the ground up for sightseeing and feature a nearly 180-degree field of view, stadium seats, passenger to pilots’ communications, and choreographed music. For tours via airplanes, the Vistaliner remains a popular option amongst travelers featuring patented vista view windows and high wings for unobstructed views.
As for the Tour Trekker, considered to be luxurious yet rugged, it is the first of its kind, high-end, all-terrain vehicle, designed and licensed to be custom-built specifically for Pink Jeep Tours. The vehicle easily navigates off-road terrain, enabling guests to experience remote areas inaccessible to most. The Tour Trekker features all-leather captain chairs; large vista windows; a technologically-advanced air-conditioning system and comfortably seats 10 passengers so guests can truly enjoy the “small group experience.”
Tour prices will begin at $89 with length of durations ranging from four to 13 hours. Tours are available every day of the week with departures beginning as early as 5 a.m. Experiences are available to book both online or via phone: www.Papillon.com, (888) 635-7272 or www.PinkJeepTours.com, (888) 900-4480.
ABOUT THE PAPILLON GROUP
Founded in 1965, Papillon (French for “butterfly”) is the world’s largest “flightseeing” companies with 3,500 passengers served daily, narration in 16 languages and nearly 70 state-of-the-art helicopters and airplanes, specifically designed to reveal panoramic views beyond imagination. Family owned and operated, its brands include Grand Canyon Helicopters, Grand Canyon Airlines, Grand Canyon Coaches and Scenic Airlines. Papillon is one of the few companies that fly the entire Grand Canyon, including the South and West rims, home to the world-famous Skywalk, in addition to Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam. Tours afford maximum flight time, enabling guests to fully discover Grand Canyon’s great wilderness and scenic attractions. Papillon is also a founding member of Best Vegas Attractions, the collaborative partnership among numerous Las Vegas visitor attractions, developed to increase awareness about the organization ultimately driving leisure and convention business to participating attractions. For more information, go to www.Papillon.com or find on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/Papillon, follow on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/IFlyPapillon.
ABOUT PINK JEEP® TOURS
Pink Jeep Tours, the premier tour company in the Southwest, was founded in 1960 and has its corporate headquarters in Sedona, Arizona and expanded to Las Vegas, Nevada in 2001 and the Grand Canyon in 2012. Furthermore, as of Jan. 2013, Pink Jeep Tours now operates in Scottsdale, Ariz. through its sister company, Pink Adventure Tours. Pink Jeep Tours serves visitors from around the world and is the only tour company with guide trainers certified by the National Association for Interpretation on its staff. The company also has 10 destinations showcasing the natural side of Las Vegas and guests will travel in their first-of-its-kind, luxurious yet rugged, custom-built sightseeing vehicle, the Tour Trekker. For more information, go to www.PinkJeepTours.com, Facebook/Pinkjeeptourslasvegas or Twitter @pinkjeeptours.